There are about a dozen varieties of Siva thandavam.
The dance performed by Lord Krishna on the head of the multi-hooded king cobra , "Kaaliya" (Krishna thaandavam) and Lord Siva (Siva thaandavam) on the eve of highly portentous events in the universe, stand considered the trend setters of thandava nrityam.
Delivering a talk on Kavithaa Sivathandavam at Visakhapatnam here recently, senior staffer of the Akashavani, Rambhatla Nrisimha Sarma, said the Naatyaveda created by Lord Brahma describes this as a vigorous mannish exercise of dance, an antithesis of Laasya of the graceful feminine form. Aangikam Bhuvanam Yasya, Vaachikam Sarva Vaangmayam, Aahaaryam Chandra Taaraadi, Tam Vande Saatwikam Sivam is a popularly known slokam. It means salutations to the Lord Siva in his Nataraja form, which symbolises the entirety of the kinetic attribute and its universality, Sastwikam as it stands defined and gets personified as Lord Siva in Vedic literature. Hence the ever, extant importance of Sivathaandavam, averred Rambhatla in his prelude.
Out of the 12 significant varieties of Sivathaandavam, seven are widely found favoured in literature from time immemorial.
They are either in the form of fascinating descriptions or as poems creating an empathetic affectation of their attributes.
Rambhatla also recited more than a score of excerpts from the part of the Andhra Mahabharatam by Tikkana which describes Aananda thaandavam and Peddana's Manucharitra for Sandhya thaandavam besides other pieces. The programme was organised by Sahridaya Sahiti.
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